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Photo courtesy of the Union County Healthcare FoundationThe Band of Oz provided the musical entertainment at this year's Shag Night sponsored by the Union County Healthcare Foundation. The event raised $16,500 which will go toward the foundation's goal of raising $20,000 to help purchase a new ambulance for the Union County EMS.
Photo courtesy of the Union County Healthcare FoundationThe Band of Oz provided the musical entertainment at this year's Shag Night sponsored by the Union County Healthcare Foundation. The event raised $16,500 which will go toward the foundation's goal of raising $20,000 to help purchase a new ambulance for the Union County EMS.
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UNION — The Union County Healthcare Foundation is much closer to reaching its goal of raising $20,000 to help purchase a new ambulance for the Union County EMS.


Since 1993, the foundation has raised nearly $2 million to supplement the efforts of Wallace Thomson Hospital, Ellen Sagar Nursing Home, EMS, and the local medical community in providing high quality, cost effective health care to the people of Union County.


Foundation Executive Director Catherine Childers said that the funds raised since 1993 have been used to help cover the cost of purchasing a variety of medical equipment including a cardiovascular stress testing system; SiteRight PICC Line equipment; a STEMI data transfer system; a PACS system for the hospital’s radiology department; and a rescue truck for EMS.


The funds raised by the foundation over the past 20 years grew by another $16,500 Saturday evening with Shag Night at the Union National Guard Armory. The event featured music by the Band of Oz and live and silent auctions and refreshments.


Shag Night is one of a series of events the foundation sponsors each year to raise money to help purchase medical equipment for the hospital district. This year, the foundation is looking to raise $20,000 to help purchase an ambulance for EMS.


Childers said she was pleased with the outcome of Saturday’s event and said the foundation will continue to work toward its goal of raising $20,000 for the new ambulance.


Sponsors

Childers offered a special thanks goes to the corporate sponsors of Shag Night who she said also helped make the event a success.


Platinum Sponsors


Switzer Foundation


Gold Sponsors


Arthur State Bank


BMW


Barham F. Kennedy


Dr. Melinda Moretz


Silver Sponsors


City of Union


Gentiva


Gestamp


Hospice Care of South Carolina


Southeast Emulsions


Union County


Mrs. William J. Whitener


Bronze Sponsors


John Baarcke, DMD


Holcombe Funeral Home


Jeter Hrubala Investments at Morgan Stanley


Scarborough & Associates Realty


Timken


Union County Development Board


Member Sponsors


Rep. Mike Anthony


Ashley Turner State Farm


Correll Insurance Group


Dairi-O of Union


M. Brown Fant, CPA


William & Jill Jeter


Lockhart Power


Nicholson Mansion at Fairforest


Dr. Richard R. Poole, O.D., P.A.


Sailors Asphalt Paving Company


Buddy & Gene Smith


Stacy’s Custom Framing & Decorating


Tire & Auto Service Center of Union


Union County Chamber of Commerce


Union Family Pharmacy


Union Oil Mill


United Wood Treating


Upstate Forklift


Talmadge Wilkins, DMD


Mickey Wingo


Wingo Tire Center


Childers added that all funds raised by the foundation go toward the purchase of medical equipment for the hospital district. She said this is because the foundation owns 30 percent of American HomePatient, Union’s local supplier for CPAP and oxygen. Childers said the revenue it earns through its partnership with American HomePatient pays for all the foundation’s administrative expenses. She said this enables the foundation to devote 100 percent of the funds it raises to helping the hospital district meet the medical needs of Union County.


For more information about the Union County Healthcare Foundation call 864-301-2466.


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